Ron “grew up” in wichita, kansas, and started playing the banjo on stage in 1973, when he joined The World's Largest Prairie Dog, a Wichita-based bluegrass band. he then helped form the regionally-popular band Potlatch in 1976 and moved to Colorado Springs, Colorado, with them in 1978. he was a founding member of The Cheyenne Ramblers in Colorado Springs but in 1987 took a teaching job in Ault, Colorado, and moved to  fort collins. In 1989 he got the call to join Front Range on banjo and played with them for 15 years, touring all over the United States and Europe until the untimely death of mandolinist Mike Lantz in 2006. He and Mike formed Cowtown Boogie in 1993; it became Cowtown and is still going, in spite of the setbacks of losing Mike in 2006 and Ranger Rick Bradstreet, Cowtown’s steel guitar player, in 2002. He still teaches high school history, now at Poudre High School in Fort Collins and, in 1997  married Julie and became the step-dad to Siobahn and Ciaran. In Cowtown he plays banjo, guitar, dobro and fiddle.  He does a bunch of the lead singing and sings the low parts in the trio and, probably unfortunately, does most of the talking on stage.